Indianapolis Cultural Trail


The Indianapolis Cultural Trail gets a thumbs-up for access.

The last time I visited Indianapolis, Washington Street was filled with construction workers, the JW Marriott had just broken ground, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail was still a work in progress. This time around things were different. I stayed in the JW Marriott, the Washington Street construction is moving along, and I had a great time exploring the very accessible Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Cherrie really enjoyed the canal section of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

I love to find urban trails like this, and I have to say that Cherrie enjoyed it too. Although we only did a portion of the eight-mile length, we got a very good feel for it; as we passed a number of sculptures along the way and had the opportunity to visit the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg. You could easily make a day – or two – out of it.

Cherrie’s favorite section was the canal stretch. Access to it was well marked, with ramps down to the canal level along the way, and it was nice to get off the city streets.

Access points are well-marked along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

After that we passed through the Glick Peace Walk, and then headed down towards Monument Circle and past the Indiana State Capitol. I was impressed with the access along the trail; in fact I’m happy to say that the planners really took the needs of wheelchair-users into consideration.

All in all we had a great time on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, so give it a try next time you’re in town. You can do a short jaunt or a longer day hike – the choice is yours.

Kudos to Indianapolis for making this urban trail accessible to everyone.